Key Life Stages

Key Life Stages

Caring for your dog through every life stage

Caring for your dog during pregnancy

Teaching your puppy good manners

Puppies are naturally curious and love mischievous play with their littermates. With so much to learn in their first weeks and months it’s not surprising that they will need a little guidance.
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The importance of puppy training

In all the excitement of bringing your new puppy home, it’s important to remember to start their training right away. The sooner you introduce good habits, the better it will be for both of you as your puppy beings to understand basic commands and gets to grips with your house rules.
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Finding your perfect puppy

It’s wonderful that you’re bringing a puppy into your happy, loving home! Once you’ve chosen your perfect breed, the next step is to find a responsible rescue centre or breeder where you can find a puppy to add to your family.
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Feeding your puppy

Your puppy seems small now, but they have a lot of growing up to do in a short space of time! In just 12 months (up to 24 months for larger breeds) they'll become fully-fledged adults.
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The benefits of a puppy playpen

New puppies are full of mischievous energy, and their endless curiosity means they get their little noses into everything. That’s how they learn but it’s also how they get into trouble!
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Caring for your senior dog

You may have noticed some grey hairs on your dog, or sensed that they’ve started to slow down a little – this is all perfectly normal as they approach their senior years.
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How to feed your senior dog

When your dog reaches the age of about seven – a little younger in large breeds (five to six) and older in small breeds (around nine) – they’re generally considered to be ‘senior’.
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What is cognitive dysfunction syndrome in dogs?

Sometimes older dogs might undergo behavioural changes that seem unusual or a little more noticeable than just ‘slowing down’. Until recently, experts had attributed these things to the aging process, about which little can be done. More recently, however, unusual changes in older dogs have been attributed to a disorder called Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS).
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Your dog’s age in human years

When we’re working out how old a dog is in human years, the popular opinion is to multiply their age by seven. While it’s true that one year for human development is quite different to one year for a dog’s development, the actual number of dog years to human years depends on several factors, such as breed and size.
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When does my dog become a senior?

As with any of our loved ones, we don’t like to think of our dogs getting on in years. Aside from a few grey hairs, your pet might not show signs of ageing on the outside.
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Putting your dog to sleep

No dog owner wants to think about putting a dog to sleep, but it’s a decision that you may find yourself making towards the end of your dog’s life.
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Coping with the loss of your pet

When our cherished pet is no longer in our lives it can be devastating, whether you are coping with the loss of a cat, the loss of a dog, or indeed any other pet. However, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone.
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What are the signs of dog pregnancy?

Welcoming the pitter-patter of tiny paws into your home is an exciting time for you and your dog. Find out how to spot the signs of a pregnant dog here.
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